The first movie I ever took my kids to:

Where the Wild Things Are.


This article and this quote:

Q: What do you say to parents who think the Wild Things film may be too scary?

Maurice Sendak: I would tell them to go to hell. That’s a question I will not tolerate.

My new author hero.

Then a commenter (on whichever blog linked it; I can’t remember) said, “Thank you for not contributing to the pussification of America.”

So…I took my kids.

3-almost-4-year-old XY TD was interested until his popcorn ran out and then it might as well have been church with better seats, for all the attention he paid. Besides, he is unscareable.

6-year-old XX TD seemed more engaged with the movie…until she lost one of her quarters. Oh the weeping. Over which I was unmoved because I TOLD her to put it in her pocket or she’d lose it. Ta da! Mama’s right again.

Me? I cried in spots. It’s a mom’s movie. Yeah, I’ve been that torn, that tired, that struggling, that scattered, that out of control.  So has my kid.

I got it.

I mean, I got what I could between trying to corral my own little Max and telling the Drama Princess to suck it up.

4 thoughts on “The first movie I ever took my kids to:

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  • October 29, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Dude reminds MoJo that ‘Lil Dude is afraid of Mr Thunder.

  • October 29, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Great job…you are a cool mom and they will grow into being able to watch movies all the way through.

    I cried, too.

  • October 30, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks, Barbara. This was welcome on the heels of my old crotchety neighbor lady making me feel about 12 years old a couple of days ago because XY has been playing with the rocks bordering her flower beds.


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